I envision our work together to be a collaborative process of exploration, discovery, and progress. You bring to this process your unique perspectives, experiences, memories, worldview, and energy for growth. I bring extensive training in psychological processes, assessment, life span development, understanding of how people change, and a genuine interest in helping you. Together, we will set goals and explore thoughts, feelings, experiences, and perceptions to further your personal development and psychological well-being.
I have found that growth-producing change is the result of a combination of self-understanding at the levels of both thinking and feeling. My work with babies, children and adults has taught me how important early relationships are in developing interactions patterns and forming expectations of others. An exploration of past relationships is helpful for this reason. However, it will be in our immediate, moment-to-moment communication and our active participation in the present that will carry our work forward. I see my role as your assistant in making sense of your life up to this point, determining needs and enabling healthy psychological growth. This will include a careful exploration of thoughts, feelings and behaviors, a deepening of mind-body connection, and the development of adaptive coping skills. We will be focusing on exploring and understanding thoughts and emotions, as these are key to change. I value genuineness, honestly, playfulness, curiosity, and creativity, and will encourage these attributes in you.
I have over 30 years of therapeutic experience. My areas of special interest are trauma and attachment. I work from a developmental, psychodynamic, social constructivist, and family systems perspective, with philosophical underpinnings in existentialism. My theoretical orientation integrates aspects of intersubjective psychodynamic theory, object relations, attachment theory, developmental psychology, and neuropsychology. Consistent with my family systems approach, I meet with various family members for the betterment of the client and for the healthy functioning of the family.
This means you can expect me to work on your behalf to help you to identify and explore feelings, clarify ideas, and create links between emotion, thought, and experience. I emphasize intersubjective connection (as in Martin Buber’s I-Thou encounter and the Boston Change Process Study Group’s moments of meeting) as the essential method of promoting change. It is through working together that brains change and psychological healing occurs—perceptions shift, self-regulation improves, and development progresses.
I carefully consider issues of attachment, family, larger community, social systems, trauma, oppression, and cultural diversity. I will not attempt to force behavioral change before first understanding the meaning and function of behavior.
As an experienced play therapist, I value play for its metaphoric communication and integrative and healing capacities. I have taught therapeutic nursery school at a major hospital, worked with medically fragile children, and with complex trauma in a children’s residential facility. I provide consultation to daycares and preschools, and am familiar with adoption and foster care issues.
Individual Psychotherapy, $175 per 55 minute session. Sliding scale available, dependent upon need I accept major credit cards, checks, and cash. I am paneled on the following insurance companies: First Choice; Permera; LifeWise; Regence BlueShield